OUR ASSOCIATE AND GOOD FRIEND LINDA DUKE Chief Executive Officer of Duke Marketing, LLC, presented several seminars this year at the Western Restaurant Expo, including, Creating Breakthrough Restaurant Promotions for Restaurant Operators & Exploring Restaurant Marketing Success Stories from across the United States. You can read more on Restaurant Marketing monthly from Linda in The SoCal Food & Beverage Professional.

THE WESTERN RESTAURANT & HOSPITALITY EXPO recently ended with a record number of attendees and Food & Beverage Professional was there with a booth covering the entire show, which included new and exciting events. One such new event was called “Pitch the Press” in which selected press/media chose the most interesting new exhibitors or items at the show and then awarded the best new items with a certificate. A total of 15 exhibitors were awarded certification.

Congratulations to each of them. Pictured are PTP winner Tossware Marketing Partner Rob Alshuler and Director of Sales Fiona Fiorini.

THE INAUGURAL TORCH AWARDS 2015 RECIPIENTS SUSAN FENIGER AND MARY SUE MILLIKEN were honored at the Western Restaurant Expo for their outstanding contribution to the Foodservice Industry and their work with up-and-coming chefs to help develop the culinary arts and introduce Mexican influenced dishes and ingredients to food lovers everywhere. We were able to get a shot of Global Master Chef, CMC and Chairman of the Event Ferdinand Metz with Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger with The SoCal Food & Beverage Professional’s Sr. Editor/Publisher Mike Fryer.